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No Laughing Matter. Matayoshi Naoki’s Success as a Comedian and Novelist

No Laughing Matter. Matayoshi Naoki’s Success as a Comedian and Novelist

For several years, Japanese stand-up comedians have also found success on the domestic book market. Benefiting from their popularity and constant presence in the media, publications by comedians-authors often turn into media sensations. One of the most prolific and interesting comedian-authors in recent years has been Matayoshi Naoki. Years after Matayoshi had constructed and established […]

Toward the Sunrise

Toward the Sunrise

The literal meaning of the word ‘east’ is incredibly romantic and descends from the old English, ēast, (auest) which itself comes from the Germanic ‘austra’: “East, toward the sunrise”, again from Indo-European aus- ‘to shine’ or ‘dawn’. ‘Toward the Sunrise’ is a generic phrase that encapsulates the latest incredible exhibition based on eastern influenced art, […]

Baaba’s Footsteps

Baaba’s Footsteps

BAABA’S FOOTSTEPS is a new play by Susan Momoko Hingley, premiering at the VAULT Festival, proudly supported by the Arts Council England. Tokyo 2020: Yu, 39, career-driven but recently dumped by her long-term job, keeps beating her head against societal pressures to get married. Sick of the patriarchy and feeling powerless, she struggles to fit […]

Lecture by Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan

Lecture by Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan

We are delighted to welcome the British Ambassador to Japan, HE Mr Paul Madden, to address the Japan Society at the end of his third year in post. In this lecture, Paul Madden will share his views on the political, diplomatic and business situation in Japan from his unique perspective as the UK’s representative in […]

Film Screening: Alliance by Kounosuke Kawakami

Film Screening: Alliance by Kounosuke Kawakami

Protagonists in Kounosuke Kawakami’s film work explore the tensions around ideas of counter-hegemony. Born in 1979 in Japan and studying in the UK for his higher education, Kawakami re-investigates the ideologies which have dominated both nations’ cultures in the past and their histories of imperialism, post-colonialism, and neoliberalism. For the first part of his career […]

Saori Freestyle Weaving Workshops

Saori Freestyle Weaving Workshops

The Japan Society is delighted to present Saori freestyle weaving workshops, led by Erna Janine. During this special workshop, you will be introduced to the intuitive art of Saori weaving. Developed in Japan during the late Sixties by Misao Jo (1913-2018) Saori weaving is unique and different from other traditional styles of hand weaving. Whilst […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club